This year marks the 125th birthday for one of the world’s greatest landmark- the Eiffel Tower. Not only is this one of my favorite spots, but the Eiffel Tower is loved by people everywhere. It continues to be a top tourist destination and holds the title as the most visited monument (paid) in the world.
Built in 1889, the tower served as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair. Over the years, it has been used for movies, TV shows, backdrops for stunning artwork, and more. There are three levels open to visitors with restaurants, shops, and history throughout. Each time I have visited, there have been long lines and large crowds, but it is well worth it.
For those of you planning a trip to Paris, you must include the Eiffel Tower. Plan to arrive early to purchase tickets (on the ground level) or save time by purchasing them online at www.tour-eiffel.fr/en. Ticket prices range from 5-15 Euro for adults, 4-13.50 Euro for ages 12-24, and 3-10.50 Euro for ages 4-11. Visitors under 4 years of age are not charged for admission.
After leaving the ground level, your first stop will be level one. Here, you will find information about the 125-year history of this fabulous structure. There are pictures, films, drawings, etc. depicting the rich history of the tower. The 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant is also located on the first level. The amazing panoramic views make this an ideal place to grab a meal while visiting the tower. Lunch is served in picnic baskets and does not require a reservation. Dinner takes on a whole new vibe. Reservations are needed, and the atmosphere is much more formal. Professional photographers roam the dining room taking photos, which are available for purchase. Although a little pricey, there is nothing like dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel.
Head up to the second floor for some magnificent photo opportunities. The circular view of Paris makes a terrific backdrop. After snapping some pictures, take a look at the story windows. Here, you will learn the history of how the tower was constructed. You will also learn about the hydraulic lift that used to transport visitors to the top.
For dining on this level, the Jules Verne Restaurant provides a unique experience. Although expensive, the service, views, and food are fabulous. Known as one of the best views in Paris, the restaurant is always busy. Reservations should be made ahead of time and may be made online.
Take the glass lift up to the top of the towel for the ultimate Paris experience. The last time my son and I visited, the lift was so full of people we could not even move. For those with claustrophobia, just remind yourself it will only last a short time. On this level, you can visit the office of Gustave Eiffel, which has been restored to its original time period. There are wax figures of the tower’s creator, and you can almost imagine him planning the construction.
The perfect ending to your day at the Eiffel Tower should be a toast at the champagne bar on the top level. Try and plan this after dark. The views of the city lit up cannot be beat and will provide a memory that will last a lifetime.
After visiting the Eiffel Tower, I am sure it will become one of your favorite spots as well. Hey Eiffel, you are looking great for 125!